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Mayor Menino Celebrates Harvard Allston Partnership Fund Recipients

Mar 05, 2012

Mayor Thomas M. Menino joined Harvard President Drew Faustleaders of local nonprofits, elected officials, and Allston residents at the Honan-Allston Branch Library Friday to celebrate the nine local nonprofit organizations receiving $100,000 in Harvard-Allston Partnership Fund (HAPF) grants this winter. The event marked the fourth installment of the HAPF, a $500,000 five-year program created in 2008 by Harvard University and the city of Boston in collaboration with the Allston community to support neighborhood improvement projects, cultural enrichment, and educational programming through annual grants of $100,000. Over the past four years, HAPF has infused $400,000 into 19 nonprofits, helping to maintain and expand critical community programming. The nine HAPF grant recipients include: Charles River Conservancy: $5,000 to support 10 volunteer events that will enable residents in North Allston-North Brighton and students from neighborhood schools, including the Horace Mann School for the Deaf, the Gardner Pilot Academy, and Brighton High School, to work together on maintenance and improvement projects along the shores of the Charles in North Allston-North Brighton Family Nurturing Center of Massachusetts: $4,850 to support a Chinese families’ playgroup for Chinese parents and grandparents and children 5 and under at the Honan-Allston Library (a total of $21,990 in HAPF grants over three years); Friends of the Honan-Allston Library: $9,000 to support the creation of a new space with computer tables and lounge seating especially for local teens (a total of $13,975 in HAPF grants over three years); Gardner Pilot Academy: $24,920 to fund the enrollment of Allston-Brighton children and adults in GPA programs, including After School, Summer Enrichment, Adult Education, and Basic English Instruction (a total of $75,000 in HAPF grants over three years); Oak Square YMCA: $15,000 to provide fitness and nutrition programs at the Vocational Advancement Center and the Veronica B. Smith Senior Center over the next year; The Fishing Academy: $10,000 to enable Allston-Brighton youth free admission to group fishing excursions that will introduce them to the natural resources of Eastern Massachusetts and help reinforce teamwork, discipline, and self-confidence (a total of $45,000 in HAPF  grants over four years); The Literacy Connection, a ministry of the congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Boston: $8,850 to support English literacy training, tutoring, and citizenship preparation classes for Allston-Brighton residents (a total of $18,650 in HAPF grants over two years); Vocational Advancement Center (VAC): $18,380 to cover tuition costs for local residents with disabilities enrolled in the VAC’s Computer Training Program, one of several programs that assist individuals in choosing, obtaining, and retaining meaningful employment (a total of $43,380 in HAPF grants over two years); West End House Camp$4,000 to send eight boys from Allston-Brighton to a two-week summer camp in Maine where leadership skills, teamwork, and confidence are built through outdoor activities, educational programs, and sports in a natural environment (a total of $8,800 in HAPF grants over three years).


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